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CJ Strike finally
Finally I got to fish from a boat there and experience the "hump's" crappie.Struggled the first 3 hrs. Tried all the colors I thought should work and only aught 2. Jeff my partner who has the boat caght 2 nice gills and a medium perch.

The problem was this boat with 3 guys that were landing 3 fish, at least, a minute, but were to ar to see what the perfect rig was. We got an opportunity to more closer, not to close, but close enough to see the ig combo they were using. Just like was mentioned in the earlier CJ post, white and chartruess.

Still being stuborn I tried similar but not the same and nada. Well we took a short drivve to regroup and came back and came in on the other side of them and found out the other part of the equation, location, location, location. Switch over to their setup and fish-on every cast.

So in the last hour brought home 24 (10" the biggest, average ws 9")

and Jeff caught about a dozen. I was worn out with all the stress of watching those guys feed us humble pie by the spoonfull, but thats fishin and I love it!!!

Now it's time for dinnerFishin'
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

Keep looking to the East
He will be coming in the clouds.

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Great report Glade to see you had a good day. I have never fished cj strike but looking at those fish I mite have too. Great job.

JimFishin'

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Well, Michael, I was hoping you would connect, and sure enough, those are some fine lookin' slabs. You are right, when fishing the hump you have to be in the right spot. In the summer, one depth will produce crappie, and another will be perch after perch. Don't worry about encroaching when fishing the hump, though. It is always a communal kind of thing out there, with lots of chatter between boats. Now, you have got to discover the trout at C.J., another great experience. Mike

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Re: [Kodiak1] CJ Strike finally In reply to
And what does CJ stand for? I know a lake but what one?

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Re: [rcturbos] CJ Strike finally In reply to
According to Wikipedia, it's named after Clifford J. Strike, who was general manager at IPC from '38 to '48.

Nice job on the crappies. I've seen some really nice ones come out of there. I've personally caught them up to 13", and I've seen one that ran almost 15" caught off the dam on a nightcrawler.
(This post was edited by StacyR on Feb 13, 2010, 11:02 PM)

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Re: [rcturbos] CJ Strike finally In reply to
CJ Strike Reservoir
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

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He will be coming in the clouds.

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
How do you get to the hump?

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Re: [markg] CJ Strike finally In reply to
You must have been in the little brown boat? I was one of the 3 that was slaughtering them at the hump.

*Theres no head like steelhead*
They came through hell and high water to get here! The least we can do is greet em!

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Re: [STEELHEADKID] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Actually no we were in the yellow boat that left at 3:30 those 2 were north of us. Which boat were you in?
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

Keep looking to the East
He will be coming in the clouds.
(This post was edited by idahopanfish on Feb 14, 2010, 8:59 PM)

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Nice job on the crappies. I went to the narrows underneath the powerlines on Saturday. The crappie schools moved around a little so the fish finder was helpful. We caught (there were three of us fishing) 25 descent-sized crappie in 1 and half hours. There were times when they would be all over the finder and then suddenly they were gone and we would be sitting there a while waiting for them to come back. Either we'd move closer to the middle of the channel or they would come back to us before we would start catching them again. They were all pretty large compared to what I caught last year during the summer. Jigging little squids up and down worked great as well as casting a short distance and realing in real slow on a very sensitive pole. All the crappie were 15-30 feet deep. There were some other fish on the finder a couple feet off the bottom apart from the schools. I don't know if they were bass, carp or sturgeon.

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Re: [markg] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Hey Mark, without a topographical map it is next to impossible to just tell someone how to find the "hump". Best way is from the ramp by the air force park head in a north by northeast direction. If you see a group of boats fairly close together somewhat near the other side of the resevoir that's probable it. But remember, even the narrows are holding them right now. Hogger

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Re: [icehogger84] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Thank you so much for the info. We went last year at Easter and had a blast catching one after another. I have been dreaming of it since then... my brother and I are headed there tomorrow. I will get pics and post asap....Thanks again

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Re: [STEELHEADKID] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Should have read a little more thouroughly. You guys were awsome! Sorry I didn't say something just so we could have acknowledged BFT. Yes we were in at the dock when you guys came in.

My first time at the hump and I am hoping to get back. Trying to figure out if I would venture out in my toon, thats big open water there and there are alot of boats, but it would be a blast!
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

Keep looking to the East
He will be coming in the clouds.

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Guess I'm kinda spoiled. I've been fishing at least once a week since the third weekend in Mar 09, 'cept for huntin season. I didn't find the hump until last year but was totally amazed that you can focus on one spot and catch trout, bass, perch, crappie and gills. Probably a cat or two in the summer also.
Just a tip, when I go out there and find it, if no one has marked it with a buoy I take an empty water bottle w/ 30lb test line and a 5oz sinker and mark it for the day then retrieve my water bottle before I leave.

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Re: [icehogger84] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Thanks, I have been icefishing every weekend since I found safe ice, but this last saturday was the best. Can't make it this weekend we havve our Magic Valley Fly Fishers Banquet Saturday staring with a fly tying seminar in the morning. I am hoping to try the ly rod on the hump this year. Hope to meet you there one of these times.
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

Keep looking to the East
He will be coming in the clouds.

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Re: [markg] CJ Strike finally In reply to
(markg: How do you get to the hump? )

most of the tackle shops have a topo map of cj with a bunch of sweet spots in it. the hump is on there. it has gps locations for all the locations on the map.

if you have a depth finder just head north(left)from the air force launch and look for an area that is about 8 feet deep then goes deeper all around it. the north east side of it isn't as deep as the other side of it. it is just past half way to the n.e. bank. look for other boats anchored out there around it

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Re: [bigd85yota] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Fish-n-Map Co has a CJ Strike topo map.

This is an excellent map. I bought mine at Howard's in Nampa.

Hope this helps.
(This post was edited by Bassnbob on Feb 16, 2010, 10:09 PM)

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Re: [Bassnbob] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Hey, I have an idea, why don't you put the GPS coordinates for every fish you catch on the internet? Then there will never be another boat in the lucky spot whe you get there...

I have been fishing the same hump for about 20 years. Some years it is a gold mine, some years not so much. 2 years ago another boat came and anchored next to me, which I thought a bit rude, then the guys started asking what we were using, how we were fishing and on and on. One guy even intentionally snagged my daughters line so he could see our rigs, then they started catching fish.

I suppose you want to know what my point is...well anyone can read this forum, not just members. Think about how many fishermen just got a freebie for what took me years to find, back before maps with GPS coordinates and guys giving info on the internet... Private messages and e-mails are a great way to pass GPS spots.

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Re: [Mojo1] CJ Strike finally In reply to
sorry there are some bad examples out there but comon you can go down there almost any weekend and see a group of 10 boats or more on the hump as i now know its called. the first time i seen it i thought it was some kind of party but we did check it out so its not like you learn about everything on the net.

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Re: [drowning_flys] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Yeah, not like it's any big secret. I found out about the hump from another angler on my first trip to CJ, and I don't even have a boat to fish from.

I saw a topo map of the reservoir last time I was at Cabela's. I glanced at it to see how deep the water is off Cottonwood and I think they even had it marked as a spot for crappie. Even if they didn't, anyone who knows anything on how to find fish holding features on a map could pick out the spot just by looking at it.

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Re: [StacyR] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Feel free to post all your hot spots, but think about this for a minute, How many fish do you figure are holding on that hump? How many boats are harvesting "a hundred or so" fish off that spot every day? How long can we continue to do this? How much more pressure do we need? Posting the GPS coordinatees on the internet for anyone to read might be a little irresponsible. You may notice the individual that posted them doesn't fish there, just posted the numbers.

There are 2 groups of people that are basically commercially fishing Strike. I have seen 4 boats fishing in a group with another boat shuttling coolers of fish to waiting "family members" to process. F&G is aware, but powerless at this point. Once they move in, good luck getting on that spot, or seeing any crappie there for a few years. They wiped out the big bluegills at Black Sands in about a week.

By the way to those that think you have the right to anchor up and throw out your bumpers so you can fish next to me, you do not. In the future I will make life as unpleasant for you as you have for my family and I lately. If you are courteous I usually invite you in, but barging up is rude.

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Re: [Mojo1] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Well the crappie have left the hump.............. We found them elsewhere today but it sure did take awhile to get back on them..........

*Theres no head like steelhead*
They came through hell and high water to get here! The least we can do is greet em!

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Re: [idahopanfish] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Sorry about how this report has turned out. Sure was fun, but seems like it might not be the next time. Sure don't want to hurt a fishery or to cause hard feelings. Had heard about this spot for a couple of years but just didn't have the opportunity to get there till last weekend.
Michael
Twin Falls, Idaho

Keep looking to the East
He will be coming in the clouds.

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Re: [markg] CJ Strike finally In reply to
The crappie are all over C.J. Strike. The hump is just one place they hang out. I've seen them right out in front of the dam and also off the point and then to the east of the point toward the cut. Right out at the cove entrance to black sands resort is another hot spot. If you have a finder just cruise slowly at trolling speed and look for the massive red balls. Mark your way point(s) or anchor over them. Not rocket science. You can also Google Earth and you'll see a tight cluster of 3-4 boats at the hump... For that matter you can enter the above coordinates. Doesn't mean the fish are there; have to look for them most days... I prefer finding them on my own with the finder. Then you have them all to yourself for a while.

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Re: [Mojo1] CJ Strike finally In reply to
Excuse me for giving away your secret spot. Just cause your such a nice guy, I took them off.

Why do you think I don't fish that spot? Cause I'm a bass fisherman? I never said in my post that I don't fish it. In fact I do fish it everytime I go to CJ if I can get on your secret spot. There are usually 5 to 10 boats on it even in the middle of the week. Oh, by the way, there are some good bass on it too.

Hope to see you on the water. Good Luck.

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